Pineapple Pale Ale Bundt Cake with Brown Sugar Glaze

Looking for a dessert that screams Spring?  This Pineapple Pale Ale Bundt Cake with Brown Sugar Glaze is everything you love about warmer temperatures and then some.  A light fluffy cake piled high with fresh, grilled fruit and finished with a sweet glaze, this is the perfect finish to the end of any meal. 

Pineapple Pale Ale Bundt Cake with Brown Sugar Glaze | Melanie Makes

So I think it’s obvious at this point.  I absolutely love cooking with beer and wine.  It brings such a great depth of flavor to a recipe that is unparalleled by any other ingredient.  Over the winter I made several recipes with the rich, dark stout beer but now that Spring is here – in theory, anyway – I wanted to take the opportunity to lighten things up a bit.

Pineapple Pale Ale Bundt Cake with Brown Sugar Glaze | Melanie Makes

When I think of Spring, I think of dusting off the grill, eating meals outside on the patio and enjoying a drink at the end of the day.  We were just able to have our first meal outside last weekend and it was so amazing!

Pineapple Pale Ale Bundt Cake with Brown Sugar Glaze | Melanie Makes

This Pineapple Pale Ale Bundt Cake captures all that I love about the rising temperatures.  The cake itself is light in flavor and in composition.  It’s not going to sit heavy in your stomach after a long meal but instead is the perfect bite of dessert. 

The Brown Sugar Glaze?  Oh.  My.  This stuff is amazing!  The cake itself isn’t overly sweet so the glaze gives it the perfect finishing touch.  It works its way into all of the cake crevices and, if you’re like me, you’ll be trying to swipe extra spoonfuls from the cake plate.

Pineapple Pale Ale Bundt Cake with Brown Sugar Glaze | Melanie Makes

And because I wanted to add just a bit more freshness to it all, I topped it with large chunks of grilled pineapple.  See what I did there?  I combined everything I love about Spring and baked it in a bundt pan!  I actually took a photo of the finished cake with my phone and texted it to my husband and told him if ever there was a cake that was made for him, it was this one.  Being the good husband that he is, he confirmed that I was indeed correct when he had a slice after dinner that night.


Pineapple Pale Ale Bundt Cake with Brown Sugar Glaze | Melanie Makes

Pineapple Pale Ale Bundt Cake with Brown Sugar Glaze
Prep time
Total time
Serves: 12 slices
Pineapple Pale Ale Bundt Cake
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1-1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 4 cups flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 cup milk
  • 12 ounces pale ale beer
  • 20 ounces crushed pineapple
Brown Sugar Glaze
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup butter
  • ¼ cup whipping cream
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 pineapple, peeled and cored
Pineapple Pale Ale Bundt Cake
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream together butter, brown sugar and sugar.
  3. Add vanilla and eggs, one at a time, mixing until just combined.
  4. In a medium bowl, whisk together flour and baking powder. Add ⅓ of the flour mixture to mixer bowl, mixing just until combined.
  5. Add milk, mixing until just combined.
  6. Add another ⅓ of the flour mixture, mixing until just combined.
  7. Add pale ale, mixing until just combined.
  8. Add remaining flour mixture and mix until just combined.
  9. Fold in crushed pineapple.
  10. Bake for 55-60 minutes or until skewer inserted into cake comes out cleanly.
  11. Let cool in pan 15 minutes before removing to cooling rack. Cool completely.
Brown Sugar Glaze
  1. Stir all ingredients together in small saucepan over medium heat until mixture begins to simmer and thicken. Poke holes with skewer on top of cake and spoon glaze over top of cooled cake.
  2. Slice pineapple into rings and grill until grill marks are visible. Cut into large chunks and garnish center of cake.
Only fill bundt pan to within 1-1/2" from top - you will have a bit of extra batter leftover. Perfect for a few cupcakes!
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 slice

Pineapple Pale Ale Bundt Cake with Brown Sugar Glaze | Melanie Makes

I’m excited to be participating in Bundt Bakers for the first time this month.  Many thanks to the talented Tara from Noshing with the Nolands for hosting!   Looking for other Spring/Easter themed cakes?  Check out these amazing recipes:

Bundt Bakers#BundtBakers is a group of Bundt loving bakers who get together once a month to bake Bundts with a common ingredient or theme.  You can see all our of lovely Bundts by following our Pinterest board right here.  We take turns hosting each month and choosing the theme/ingredient. 

If you are a food blogger and would like to join us, just send an email to Stacy at or ask to join our private Facebook group. This is a purely administrative group.  All recipes and photographs can be found on our individual blogs or our Pinterest board.


  1. You are too clever! I love the idea of the ale in there and then you topped it off with grilled pineapple-yay.

  2. That sure is a stunning bundt and it is making me drool looking at those pictures!!!

  3. That’s one lovely bundt cake and those pineapple chunks are so delicious. Yum!

  4. The cake looks great with the brown sugar glaze poured over the top.

  5. My husband would absolutely swoon over this cake!

  6. You are an absolutely genius, Melanie! I adore that grilled pineapple in the middle and, boy, howdy, that brown sugar glaze! I am so glad that you have joined us this month. Here’s to many more!

    • Thanks so much for welcoming me so warmly to the group, Stacy! I had such a great time creating this recipe. Thank YOU for making me put on my thinking cap!

  7. Oh my! Melanie! This is just beautiful! I think I am in love not only with the picture of the cake but also with the idea that it has beer in it! and brown sugar….and grilled pineapple! Your husband was so lucky to taste this one!
    Happy Easter!

    • Thank you so much for you kind words, Maria! If this cake has anyone’s name on it, it was definitely my husband! If only it had been warm enough to enjoy outside the day I made it!

  8. So, I pretty much love everything about this bundt cake, Melanie! :) It is gorgeous!

  9. Was the 20 ounce can of crushed pineapple drained? Making this for tomorrow, looks and sounds so good.

    • Hi, Sue! Do NOT drain the pineapple for this recipe. The extra juice makes for a more flavorful and light cake!

      Be sure to let me know what you think!

  10. You had me at Ale! What a gorgeous and delicious recipe!

  11. We are eating it now and absolutely delish! Hubby is lovin it.

  12. So many wonderful things about this cake. Using beer (something I have yet to do) and a summery one at that. Then grilled pineapple…oh my how I love it so much. Combining it all in a gorgeous bundt is nothing short of incredible. Wow.

  13. Wow, this screams summer & delicious all at the same time! Pinning :)

  14. I’ve made plenty of beer bread, but never made a cake with beer. This looks and sounds so good! I’m stopping over from Two Cup Tuesday. Pinned to try!

  15. I would have never thought of putting ale in a cake. It’s gorgeous! Thanks for sharing at Simple Supper Tuesday.

  16. Loly Borda says:

    I love this! My son brews his own beer so I’m sending this recipe to him as well. Thanks Melanie!

  17. I love cooking with beer. This recipe is a keeper….pinned. Thank you!!

    • I seem to have an obsession with cooking with beer as of late, Kathi! Let me know if you give this one a try!

  18. I love pineapple cakes and can only imagine how delicious that brown sugar glaze must be… a pineapple upside down cake, deconstructed! Love it, Melanie!

  19. I have become a little obsessed with using beer in my bundts ever since I did it last month. I was so excited to see your recipe, and can’t wait to try this combination. So glad to be baking with you!

  20. I am in complete awe.

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  22. This cake failed miserably…where did I go wrong. Could tell when it was baking that it wasn’t rising correctly. Batter looked fine but it did almost come to the top of the bundt pan when I put it in. Maybe I overfilled pan? I took it out of the over after an hour and it was not cooked at all. It was like lead and mushy but top was brown and crusty. Checked oven temp and it was ok.
    Any suggestions on how to do this correctly.. Love the cake and love the idea of using the beer. Thanks so much.

    • melanie says:

      Hi, Marcia!

      I’m so sorry this didn’t work for you! This recipe does have a bit more batter than what is needed for a bundt pan and should be filled to 1-1/2″ from the top of the pan. You’ll then have a bit of batter leftover for a few cupcakes making it even easier to steal a bite or two at will. 😉 Maybe that’s not a good thing?

      I’m not sure why it wouldn’t have cooked at all on the inside however without seeing you create it. Hoping you’ll give it another try!

      • Oh how I would like this cake to succeed but unfortunately it isn’t working for me. My third attempt looked like a charm! Thought batter seemed a little thicker than previous 2 which I thought was good. I did drain the pineapple as I felt 20 oz of liquid was a lot (beer/milk) I filled pan 2/3 full. It rose nicely. Toothpick came out clean after 1 hr cooking time. I thought…SUCCESS! Left it on the counter to cool before taking it out of pan. Whole thing fell.. Texture when I cut the cake is dense and looks uncooked. I think it is time to move on. I so loved the idea of this cake. Thanks for your response and I love your blog.

        • melanie says:

          Oh, Marcia – I so wish I was with you to see what was happening when you were baking this so we could put on our thinking caps together! I haven’t a clue why it isn’t turning out as obviously I had much different results!

          Thanks for sticking with me and for your kind words!

  23. This was a recipe at kitchen neither one of you said if pineapple should be in juice or heavy syrup.

  24. The copy of the recipe that I printed from the website does not have eggs in it.. link to brown-sugar etc. Have this in front on me now and absolutely no eggs listed anywhere in the directions nor does it mention adding eggs in the below ingredient list where it says…in the bowl of an electric mixer….etc. I gave failed cake to a friend today. Mentioned to her recipe had a lot of liquid and no eggs. . She emailed me that the copy she printed does have 4 eggs in it. Checked website and recipe there now does have 4 eggs listed. So mystery solved. Recipe should have had eggs and perhaps this would change the whole success rate.

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